The 1975 are edging closer to a fourth consecutive chart crown in the U.K. with Notes on a Conditional Form (Dirty Hit/Polydor), though it’s a tight race with KSI‘s debut album Dissimulation (BMG) close behind.
The 22-track Notes on a Conditional Form is the leader on the Official Chart Update, and takes an advantage on CD and vinyl sales into the final straight of the chart week.
Matt Healy and Co. are on a perfect 3-0 winning streak with their previous albums all ruling the chart, The 1975 (2013), I Like It When You Sleep… (2016), and A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018).
British rapper and YouTuber KSI is making a fight of it with Dissimulation, which starts at No. 2 on the midweek chart and leads all albums on streams and downloads.
Four tracks from Dissimulation have impacted the top 40, including two top 10s.
U.S. hip-hop artist Gunna is on track for his first top 10 appearance, as Wunna (300) starts at No. 6, while Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is eyeing a top 10 debut with I Love The New Sky (Bella Union), No. 9 on the midweek chart.
Former Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy is set for his first appearance on the Official U.K. Albums Chart in a decade with Banana Skin Shoes (One Last Fruit). It enters the midweek chart at No. 14.
Over in the race to the singles chart title, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” (Interscope) has the advantage. “Rain on Me” is the best performer so far this week for a No. 1 bow on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, ahead of DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch and Powfu’s “Death Bed” (RCA/Robots & Humans) featuring Beabadoobee, respectively.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums charts are published late Friday local time.